World War II Veterans Wanted for Free Trip to D.C.



WALDEN, N.Y.-Hudson Valley Honor Flight, a local chapter of the national organization, Honor Flight Network, has solidified plans for their second “Flight of Honor.” The flight will depart from Stewart International Airport at 10:00AM on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 and fly into Reagan International Airport. A pre-flight ceremony will take place at Stewart Airport early that morning, beginning a day filled with many surprises and special treatments for the Hudson Valley’s most honorable heroes. The committee has been working hard to finalize the details of the trip, putting together a very special one-day itinerary for our local heroes. The Honor Flight experience gives World War II Veterans an opportunity many have never had – and one that most are too humble to ask for – a trip to Washington, D.C. to experience the Memorials at no cost to the Veteran.


They are currently seeking to fill up an additional 45 seats on a US Airways charter flight to reach their goal of bringing 100 Hudson Valley World War II Veterans to the memorial. Last June, the group successfully and safely transported 92 of our local heroes for an unforgettable journey.


“I had tears flowing from my eyes,” explains Rocco Panella, a World War II Veteran from New Windsor who was on the June flight. “To see all of these people there to welcome us and give us thanks for what we did… I’ve never been here, never been to Washington. Everyone should come out and see it.”


The Hudson Valley Honor Flight committee has expanded their outreach to include World War II Veterans from eight surrounding counties including Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam and Pike Counties. They are also seeking donations and sponsorships from local businesses, organizations and individuals who would like to get involved or sponsor a Veteran to go on the flight. Hudson Valley Honor Flight ( is a subordinate of the Orange County Citizens Foundation. All donations are tax deductible and can be made out to OCCF.

Please contact Chairman Brian Maher immediately for more information on how you can help.